Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dwayne Harris (17) prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Expect a Solid Dallas Cowboys 2014 Draft Under Will McClay

The 2014 NFL Draft can not get here fast enough. Yes, I’m a writer, but I’m also a very proud member of Cowboy Nation. I’m ready to see articles based on facts and numbers. The speculation about the Cowboys first round draft pick being Johnny Manziel is at an all time high. Manziel becoming a Cowboy with the 16th pick will not happen. Thanks to the power of search engines, I just gained 250,000 readers by using Manziel, Cowboys, 16th pick, and NFL Draft in this paragraph. From an insider, it’s media manipulation, so don’t believe the hype!

I’ve been blasted for reporting that this has been the Cowboys best off-season ever (Click Here for Article). Since I wrote that article, it has only gotten better. They resigned 30 year old Anthony Spencer. He’s not glad to be back. The Cowboys were his only option following microfracture knee surgery and being 30, other teams took a look, kicked the tires and passed. This is how the guy we made a franchise player in 2012 and 2013 goes from earning a combined 19.4 million to a base salary of 1.25 million with incentives based on sacks and health.

Our owner Jerry Jones doesn’t get much credit for anything except not being Donald Sterling (That’s another 125,000 readers). I’ve seen your comments – Don’t use Jerry Jones, logic and draft in the same sentence, etc. etc. This is in addition to your cries that we need a new owner and GM. This off-season we’ve signed four defensive linemen and a former first round draft pick as a backup quarterback. All of the defensive line signings have the approval of Rod Marinelli and provide much needed quality depth at affordable prices. We still have the potential to add more talent to the defensive line with 11 draft picks. Smart moves have been made this off-season and since they don’t have no awards for that (trophies), I tip my cap to the Cowboys front office.

I don’t predict us having a bad draft. If you’ve followed the inner workings of the Cowboys, you know that Will McClay has been doing an excellent job in finding and evaluating players. McClay is the assistant director of player personnel and he’s putting together our draft board. Be patient. I expect few surprises with McClay orchestrating the show.

All of the focus on defense has gotten Cowboy Nation to forget the addition of Scott Linehan to the coaching staff. I’m sure he’ll get a toy or two in this years draft. Jerry Jones may have the final word, but like a wise man, he listens to his advisors and coaches. There are respected football guys in the room – Marinelli, Linehan, Kiffin, Callahan. I’m sure there will be more positive vibes among Cowboy Nation after this draft.

It’ll help to silence the unfaithful in Cowboy Nation that are claiming another 8 – 8 season or worse. Right now, our season record is just based on the team name of our opponent. We could be dramatically better in multiple positions after the NFL draft. The phrase – “On any given Sunday you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose.” – exists for a reason. Can we finalize a team and actually take the field before you “realistic” fans predict how awful we’ll be?


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